Adi Blum

BlackRock

Managing Director, Global Infrastructure Funds

Adi J. Blum, Managing Director, is a member of the BlackRock Global Infrastructure Funds team ("BGIF"), which currently manages over $9 billion in capital commitments across three vintages. BGIF invests globally in essential contracted infrastructure assets and businesses by capitalizing on the long-term trends of decarbonization, decentralization and digitalization. The BGIF team has created over 35 portfolio companies across the globe for the Funds and includes about 40 investment professionals who are located in Greenwich Connecticut, London, Houston and Singapore. The BGIF team joined BlackRock in 2017 from First Reserve, a private equity firm that was founded in 1983 and created the BGIF infrastructure platform in 2008. The BGIF team raised the first two vintages while at First Reserve. His responsibilities include deal origination, structuring, execution, monitoring, and exit strategy. At BGIF, Mr. Blum leads, or has led, investments in First Caribbean Power & Midstream, SunReserve, Los Ramones II, La Bufa Wind, Mexico Clean Fuels Infrastructure, Limetree Bay and Vopak Industrial Infrastructure. He is also a member of the Investment Committee. Prior to joining BGIF in 2011, Mr. Blum was a Vice President at High Road Capital Partners, a middle market private equity firm. Prior to High Road Capital Partners, he was an Associate in Citigroup's Mergers & Acquisitions group. Mr. Blum holds a B.S. in International Affairs from Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service and an M.B.A from New York University, Stern School of Business.

Sessions With Adi Blum

Wednesday, 9 March

  • 03:30pm - 04:10pm (CST) / 09/mar/2022 09:30 pm - 09/mar/2022 10:10 pm

    Innovation in Plastics Recycling: Chemical vs. mechanical

    Innovation & Technology

    For at least four decades, plastic recycling has been an ambitious solution for the global plastic waste problem. Mechanical plastic recycling has not been economically viable without subsidies and/or legislative mandates. More recently, polymer depolymerization, known as chemical recycling, is gaining momentum as a possible economic alternative to mechanical recycling. However, at its current scale of operation, chemical recycling, a complex and expensive technology, is not without its own challenges. How is innovation moving the needle toward achieving economically viable plastic recycling technology? Will the integration of plastic waste pyrolysis processing within refining and petrochemicals operations prove to be an economically feasible approach? In the foreseeable future, will plastics recycling require a widely implemented, holistic approach that cannot be realized by technological innovation alone?

Thursday, 10 March

  • 07:30am - 08:35am (CST) / 10/mar/2022 01:30 pm - 10/mar/2022 02:35 pm

    Navigating the Risks & Rewards in Latin American Power Markets

    Panel Power & Renewables
    Latin America’s growth trajectory in non-hydro renewable and gas-fired generation is set to continue and even accelerate as market fundamentals remain sound. The region continues to face multiple challenges, including economic and political risks, but new business opportunities and models are emerging and disrupting long-standing market paradigms in the power sector. Amid this period of uncertainty, what are the key opportunities in the power sector? How can corporate power purchase agreements reshape the market for renewables? How will the region combine the growing role of intermittent renewable resources with the need for additional flexibility and stability? What is the role of emerging technologies and green hydrogen in the region? 

Friday, 11 March

  • 11:30am - 12:10pm (CST) / 11/mar/2022 05:30 pm - 11/mar/2022 06:10 pm

    Challenges for Security, Development & Sustainability

    Panel Energy Transition/Climate & Sustainability

    Success in the energy transition will depend on the focused attention of major emitters (China, the United States, the European Union, India) and the engagement of emerging and developing economies that will account for over half of global emissions through 2050. Could intensifying conflicts—between the United States and China, between Russia and Ukraine, across the Middle East—derail major powers from delivering on climate pledges? How might domestic politics and national expectations influence action on climate change? What measures are necessary to ensure that developing economies support ambition for climate action?